Sallman Paintings on Display at Graham Center in Wheaton

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WHEATON, IL (April 3, 2007) – The Head of Christ painting has been reproduced more than 500 million times, but a unique rendition is included as part of an ongoing exhibit, “FACE TO FACE: Warner Sallman’s Images of Christ,” being presented at the Billy Graham Center on the Campus of Wheaton College.

The work is eight feet by 10 feet, says Leroy Carlson, who has helped organize the exhibit. “It’s the only one of its kind.”

More than 30 of Sallman’s works are displayed along with some of his memorabilia, including photographs, pamphlets, cards, and magazines.

Sallman was born April 30, 1892, and died May 25, 1968. He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

The Head of Christ, Sallman’s most famous image, was painted in 1940 in his Chicago studio. He also is famous for his depiction of Christ at Heart’s Door, Christ in Gethsemane, and The Lord is My Shepherd.

Although known for his religious art, Sallman was primarily a commercial artist and also did landscapes and portraits. He painted more than 500 original works.

The exhibit runs until January 31, 2008. Hours for the exhibit are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. There is no admission charge; however, the suggested donation is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and $1 for children. A donation of $10 will admit an entire family.

The Warner E. Sallman Art Collection, Inc, and the F.M. Johnson Archives at North Park University have provided the art pieces.

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